Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Costa Mesa, CA, United States

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Costa MesaOrff

Orff: Carmina burana
Robert Istad; Pacific Chorale's Festival Chorus; Maria Cristina Navarro; David Clemensen; Jung-A Lee

Costa MesaA 50th Anniversary Celebration

O'Regan, Hopkins, Bernstein
Pacific Symphony; Robert Istad; Pacific Chorale; Derek Chester; James R Taulli

Costa MesaMusic of the Golden State

Lauridsen, Bates
Robert Istad; Pacific Chorale; David Clemensen; Jung-A Lee
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Whipped Cream, Ratmansky

American Ballet Theatre's Whipped Cream should be seen for Ryden's sets and costumes alone. A free-floating eye and a sweetshop whose ingredients come to life create a very surreal world.
***11
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Strauss' Vienna given the Hollywood treatment

Jeremy Denk's take on Brahms didn't impress Brahms, the Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor proving an unequal, if refreshing, contest. 
***11
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Pacific Chorale celebrates Alexander's last season

In “five large symphonic movements”, the performance had a celebratory air, poised somewhere between Mahler's “Resurrection” Symphony and Mozart's Requiem.
****1
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Pacific Symphony at its best

The Mozart was a immaculately smooth performance teased out with historically-informed ornaments and trills and turns. 
*****
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Renée in the OC: Fleming opens Pacific Symphony season

Renée Fleming joins the Pacific Symphony for Strauss, Italian Songs and Rodgers and Hammerstein. 
****1
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Ratmansky's Nutcracker travels West

The moment a mouse peeked out of a stewpot in the kitchen of the Stahlbaum’s kitchen, I knew that the current American Ballet Theatre version of The Nutcracker would keep me engaged all evening.
***11
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